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Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

blog-featured-image-common-oral-problems-orthodontics-helpsDid you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you struggle to pronounce certain words, your teeth could be the reason why. Thankfully, orthodontics can help. The orthodontic practice of Mary Kay Becher DDS can provide orthodontic treatment to resolve common oral problems such as:

  1. Lisp or Whistling

Lisps or whistles are common in children and adults and are developed due to open bites. An open bite occurs when the tongue doesn’t make a true connection with the roof of the mouth. This typically happens when pronouncing words containing the letter “s” or “z.” Patients with an open bite often pronounce these words as if they have the letters “th” instead of an “s.”

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5 Reasons to Smile in the Year 2020

blog-featured-image-reasons-to-smile-in-new-yearThere are a lot of reasons you should be flashing those pearly whites more often – smiling is good for your health! According to Psychology Today, when you smile you activate neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. As we close out the year, it is important to find reasons to smile and be grateful for all the lessons we’ve learned and achievements accomplished. For those who can’t find a reason to smile, the orthodontic practice of Mary Kay Becher has five:Read More

Custom vs. Store-bought Mouthguards

blog-featured-image-custom-store-bought-mouthguardsAnyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face.

Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one work just as well. To help you make the best decision for your situation, the orthodontic practice of Mary Kay Becher has information about each mouthguard. Read More

2019 Candy Buy Back A Sweet Success!

This is what 2,910 lbs of candy looks like! No need to sugar-coat it, our 2019 Candy Buy Back was a success! Dr. Becher and her staff send a huge thank you to all patients who donated sweet treats for our military personnel!

Altogether, Dr. Becher’s office collected – 97 boxes at 30 pounds each!  Fifty pounds of candy went to an active military unit in Austin, while a box truck hauled 2,400 pounds to four active military units in Killeen. We wish to thank Operation Gratitude, who assisted with additional coordination to help us find local units to donate to.

Again, we send sincere thanks to all our patients for their generosity and commend you for your commitment to avoid sticky sweets around Halloween as your smiles straighten. We know it is a tricky task, and we appreciate your effort.

As 2019 comes to a close and we say hello to the ’20s, we have more fun events and patient contests scheduled. Keep your eyes glued to our contests and events page for updates!

We hope our patients and their families have a terrific holiday season!

Will Orthodontic Treatment Cause White Marks on My Teeth?

blog-featured-image-white-marks-after-orthodontic-treatmentOnce you’ve completed orthodontic treatment, you just want to enjoy your brand-new smile. However, one thing patients often worry about is having white marks on their teeth following treatment. Luckily, whether you end up with white marks on your teeth after treatment is UP TO YOU! If you take good care of your teeth during treatment, white marks can easily be avoided.

How White Marks Form on the Teeth

The white marks that appear on your teeth during/after orthodontic treatment are called orthodontic white spot lesions (WSLs). These spots are caused by plaque buildup on teeth. Removing plaque from your teeth is incredibly important because the bacteria in plaque produce an acid that begins to dissolve the mineralized surface of a tooth (and ruin the appearance of those pearly whites).Read More

6 Orthodontic Tips for a Sensitive Gag Reflex

blog-featured-image-gag-reflex-orthodontic-treatmentHaving a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Mary Kay Becher, are trained professionals that can help care for and achieve a beautiful smile. Below are some tips to help patients with a sensitive gag reflex.Read More